From mosquitoes to chiggers, insects can chomp into your summertime fun. But you can avoid them or at least keep the pesky pains they cause to a minimum.
Avoid brushy areas and high grass. If you can’t stay away from it, wear long pants and sleeves, and tuck your pant legs into your socks.
Don’t wear bright colors, perfume, or other strong scents when you go outside.
Use insect repellent when you’re in wooded or brushy areas. Products with DEET or picaridin as active ingredients tend to protect you longer. But don't use them on children younger than 3 years old.
Oil of lemon eucalyptus gives you protection similar to products with low concentrations of DEET, studies show. DEET should protect you from ticks and mosquitoes, the CDC says. Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus offer some defense against mosquitoes only. Follow the directions carefully.
Check for ticks after you’ve been outdoors.
If you get bitten, treat it quick if you can. A cold compress or an ice pack will curb the swelling.
For help with itchy bites, use calamine lotion, an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream, or an antihistamine.